Notice to Navigators: NWS/NOAA Winter Storm Update

Significant Event Outlook -- Central U.S. Winter Storm Feb 1-4, 2022


I am providing below a summary of key messages from the NWS Operations Center on the storm impacting the central, southern and eastern US this week. Stay safe.


  • A massive winter storm will impact the Central, Eastern and Southern U.S. with a variety of hazards through Friday.
    • Heavy snow from the southern Plains to northern New England with a swath of significant accumulations from Indiana and Ohio to northern New England.
    • Widespread icing from the southern Plains to Northeast with heavy ice accretion from Texas and Arkansas to Pennsylvania.
    • Heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding in the South today.
    • Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and a couple tornadoes in the central Gulf Coast states today.
    • Following the winter storm, temperatures are expected to remain below freezing and well below average this weekend.
    • Potential for record low temperatures in the southern Plains Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning, especially in Texas.


Other NOAA Actions

  • Weather Forecast Offices are conducting targeted partner webinars today for the upcoming significant winter weather.
  • Winter weather collaboration is taking place in Pathfinder chat rooms.
    • WFOs are actively monitoring social media, NWSChat and state WebEOC sites by staff in office and those remote, and conducting media interviews.
    • WFOs have provided multiple weather briefings to EMA and state liaisons.
    • The WCM is onsite at the State EOC and has briefed the Governor's staff, Director of Public Safety, and multiple agencies on the SEOC floor.

Robert Nadeau
Director of External Affairs
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
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(C) 202-281-7791
(Cell phone is best phone number to reach me. Thank you.)
1401 Constitution Ave NW, Room 60028
Washington, DC 20230

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